President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, received governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC yesterday at the Defence House where he declared that Nigerians’ expectations from him are too high.
He therefore pleaded for patience with his incoming administration, stressing that Rome was not built in a day.
General Buhari received the APC governors and governors-elect led by Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha who said they came to congratulate him and intimate him on the parlous state of the nation’s economy.
The governors who attended the meeting with the President-Elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari were: Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), kashim Shettima (Borno), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abubakar (Bauchi) Hon. Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Sen. Bindow Jibrila (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Simeon Lalong (Plateau).
Addressing journalists after their meeting with Buhari, Okorocha said, “We came here to pay a courtesy call on the president-elect, who will be sworn in on the 29th of this month as the President and also to familiarise ourselves, both the old governors and the governors-elect.
“One of the issues that became of concern to all of us is the state of the Nigerian economy which is really in bad shape. We have come to notify the incoming president of the challenges ahead of him. As it stands today, most states of the federation have not been able to pay salaries and even the federal government has not paid April salary and that is very worrisome. By May and June, salaries will be in cumulative of three months. We wonder with the huge expectation from Nigerians and people who have voted us into power, we are hoping that the president-elect will do all the things that are humanly possible to bring about a bail out not only on the states but the federal government at least for people to get their salaries and turn around the economy.’’